Lake Tahoe trail race attracts record turnout for Marlette 50K and 10 Miler |

Lake Tahoe trail race attracts record turnout for Marlette 50K and 10 Miler

Big Blue Adventures hosted the fourth annual Marlette 50K and 10 Miler on Sunday, Aug. 13, with a record turnout of more than 150 runners competing in the two races.

The 50-kilometer course took competitors on 30 miles of single track trails from Spooner Lake, around Marlette Lake, and then back to the finish line at Spooner.

Jesse Wensel, of Boise, Idaho, put on a pace none of the 61 other runners could match to take first place on the men's side with a net time of 5 hours, 14 minutes, 39.53 seconds; while Reno's Ashley Hall was the top female, and third overall finisher with a time of 5:24:05.24. Conor Drewes, of Incline Village, was the top local runner and second overall with a time of 5:23.54.63. Carnelian Bay's Erica Sonnenberg was the top local female with a time of 6:09:37.17.

The day's racing also included the 10-mile course taking runners from Spooner Lake to the southern shore of Marlette Lake and back.

Rob Lugg, of Reno, took first place with a time of 1:11:02.38, followed by Truckee runners Nicholas Martin and Holden Reed.

Jen Odom, of Oakland, Calif. was the top female with at time of 1:30:16.55; while Incline Village's Erica Mertens finished in fourth place out of the women's division with a time of 1:31:45.52 — the fastest of any local woman.

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Both races are part of the Tahoe Trail Running Long Series, which is a 15-race series where runners earn points depending on distance of race and what place they finish in.

So far this year, participation in the trail running series is up 10 to 20 percent depending on race, according to Big Blue Adventures Director of Operations Bryan Rickards, with a portion of proceeds going toward the Tahoe Fund.

The Great Trail Race on Oct. 8 will serve as the series finale (series standings not available).

Upcoming Races

Big Blue Adventures' next event will be the XTERRA Lake Tahoe Triathlon, 5K and 10K on Saturday, Aug. 19.

The XTERRA Lake Tahoe 5-kilometer and 10-kilometer races will both be part of the Tahoe Trail Running Series.

XTERRA is a series of off-road triathlons put on throughout the United States, which feature swimming, mountain biking, and trail running.

The XTERRA Lake Tahoe Triathlon will start near Action Water Sports in Incline Village with a 1,500-meter swim in Lake Tahoe, followed by mountain biking on the Flume Trail to Marlette Lake, and onto the Tahoe Rim Trail as part of the 22-mile ride. The race will conclude with a 10-mile run on trails around Incline Village.

There will also be relay options for the race, a shorter Sprint version, and a duathlon (biking and running). Cost for the races range between $81 and $196 depending on event and age of competitor. Prices jump up after Aug. 18 with onsite registration available. Cost for the 5-kilometer and 10-kilometer races range between $11 and $50 depending on age and distance. Prices will go up after Aug. 18 with onsite registration available.

Big Blue Adventure's will then host its largest event of the year with the Lake Tahoe Triathlon, and its accompanying smaller races on Aug. 26-27. Rickards said the weekend's seven races attract over 1,000 competitors.

From that point, Big Blue will host the Emerald Bay Trail Run — one of its most popular races. The race is capped this year at 400 competitors and is filling up quickly, according to Rickards, with only around 100 spaces remaining as of Tuesday, Aug. 15.

For more information, results, and to register for upcoming races, visit